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GROUP IMPROV WORKSHOPS
Travel is negotiable within 90 miles
Workshops are for adults and/or teens ages 14 and up and can be custom built for groups depending on the goal of the workshop. Improv workshops are ideal for new improv troupes, theatre groups, businesses and any group or organization that just wants to have some fun or shake things up a bit!
I am open to helping groups based on what they feel they can afford for their organization. Please get in touch and we can discuss basic rates and go from there.
Participants: Minimum 5 and up to 20
ELENA'S IMPROV EXPERIENCE
Elena's improv training spans across 30 years at various schools and workshops. Elena was first introduced to improv by Randy Bennett, a co-founder of the well known Groundlings in Los Angeles, CA. She performed with Lone Star Comedy in Dallas, Texas for several years. Elena is a co-founder of B.A.D. Improv (Be After Dark), the resident improv company at Be Theatre located in San Angelo Performing Arts Center. In addition to workshops and performing with B.A.D., she continues to study in Austin, Texas, with Merlin Works and Hideout. Elena is also a youth improv teacher at Carol Hickey Acting Studio in the kids Conservatory Program.
Contrary to popular belief, there is more to improv than just making stuff up. There are basic rules of improv that encourage:
YOUTH & TEEN COACHING
YOUTH & TEEN PRIVATE COACHING
In person in Austin, or anywhere via Zoom
This is a great way to get a different set of eyes on a college audition monologue or sides for film/tv/theatre for an upcoming audition.
Ages 3rd grade-12th grade.
Up to 2 actors (for scenework)
1 Hour Private Session: $60
30 Minute Private Session: $40
Schedule a private session!
ELENA'S EXPERIENCE WITH YOUTH
Elena began teaching youth theatre almost 20 years ago with Angelo Civic Theatre in San Angelo, Texas. During her 7 years with ACT, she developed the Youth Performance Workshop (YPW) and directed 9 MainStage musicals for ages 8-18 including favorites such as Wizard of Oz, Once Upon a Mattress and Annie Get Your Gun. She also taught workshops including writing, improv and acting technique.
In 2011, Elena founded Be Theatre, which is currently the resident theater company at the San Angelo Performing Arts Center. She served as the Artistic Director for 11 years, during which time she directed adults and youth productions, taught workshops, developed outreach programming and co-founded the Literature Alive Project. LAP is a free theatre performance based in classic literature presented to young audiences that continues to touch the lives of young readers today. Elena's passion for youth theatre education is at the heart of her growth as a performing artist.
Elena has directed many musicals and plays during the past 20 years including Peter and the Starcatcher, Godspell, The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood to name a few. She has enjoyed leading roles such as Rose in Gypsy, Roxy in Chicago, Dolly in Hello Dolly and Frau Blucher in Young Frankenstein.
Elena is currently a teaching artist with ZACH PPC Academy as well as improv with the Kids ConservatoryProgram at Carol Hickey Acting Studio. She has a strong background working with youth and believes the life lessons gained through theatre are invaluable in sharpening confidence and life skills such as problem solving, collaboration and listening. Her technique is a blend of learning how to tap into the 'real' emotions, and experiencing a character without limitations.